Saturday, May 11, 2019

Rutan Long-EZ, N5RJ: Accident occurred September 19, 2018 at Independence State Airport (7S5), Polk County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N5RJ





Location: Independence, OR
Accident Number: GAA18CA562
Date & Time: 09/19/2018, 0723 PDT
Registration: N5RJ
Aircraft: Rutan RUTAN LONG EZ
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the experimental amateur-built airplane reported that during his third touch-and-go landing, the airplane's airspeed was fast, and the airplane landed hard. The airplane's nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane exited the right side of the runway. The airplane cartwheeled and came to rest upright.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing spar.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 87, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None 
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/01/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 28 hours (Total, this make and model), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rutan
Registration: N5RJ
Model/Series: RUTAN LONG EZ No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1996
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 739
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/19/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1325 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 628 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSLE, 201 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1456 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 75°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Independence, OR (7S5)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Independence, OR (7S5)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0700 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: INDEPENDENCE STATE (7S5)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 180 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3142 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.866944, -123.198333 (est)

Piper PA-28-180, registered to and operated by San Juan Flyers Inc as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight, N8003W: Accident occurred September 12, 2018 near Stevens Field Airport (KPSO), Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, Colorado


The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N8003W



Location: Pagosa Springs, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA381
Date & Time: 09/19/2018, 1000 MDT
Registration: N8003W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 19, 2018, about 1000 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA28 180 airplane, N8003W, impacted fencing and terrain during a forced landing near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, following an inflight loss of engine power. The airline transport pilot rated flight instructor and the student pilot were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the impact with fencing. The airplane was registered to and operated by San Juan Flyers Inc. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Stevens Field Airport, near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, about 0900.

According to the flight instructor's accident report, the flight instructor was introducing engine failure emergency procedures to the student pilot. Emergency procedures were reviewed inflight, the instructor located a landing spot, and pulled the throttle to idle to simulate a loss of engine power. The student pilot conducted the emergency procedures on the left side of the cockpit that included switching the fuel tank selector position from right to left, verifying the primer was in and locked, turning on the fuel pump, checking magneto operation, and turning the carburetor heat on. The flight instructor subsequently added power to go around about 600 ft above the ground. The engine sputtered. Emergency procedures were reviewed again and the flight instructor noticed that the fuel pressure indication was zero. The flight instructor did not check the fuel selector nor could the selector be seen due to its location. The flight instructor subsequently performed a forced landing during which the airplane impacted fencing and ditches before coming to rest in a field. Following the accident, the flight instructor observed the fuel selector valve was about 1.5 to 2 inches between the left detent and off positions.

Subsequent to the accident, a Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the accident airplane at the accident site. The airplane's engine was started, and the engine was operational.

The flight instructor reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation and had a safety recommendation to double check the fuel selector valve position during the forced landing demonstration. 



Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 57, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/21/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  10000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 500 hours (Total, this make and model), 9800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 54 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: None
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/26/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  3.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3.4 hours (Total, this make and model), 3.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8003W
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-2063
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/18/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5125 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4A
Registered Owner: San Juan Flyers Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: San Juan Flyers Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPSO, 7661 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1055 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 309°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 0°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pagosa Springs, CO (PSO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pagosa Springs, CO (PSO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Stevens Field (PSO)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 7663 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Rough
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  37.230278, -106.967222 (est)

Piper PA-28-140, N7205J: Accident occurred September 09, 2018 at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N7205J

Location: Chino, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA542
Date & Time: 09/09/2018, 1243 PDT
Registration: N7205J
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that he was performing touch-and-go's during a solo flight in the pattern. During the fifth landing, the airplane drifted over the runways left edge. He attempted to abort the landing by increasing power, but he did not apply enough right rudder. The airplane banked hard to the left prior to colliding with a fence. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

The student pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 45 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7205J
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-24537
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/30/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7424 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D3G
Registered Owner: Dubois Aviation Inc.
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Dubois Aviation Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCNO, 650 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1930 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 49°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  8 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 38°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chino, CA (CNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chino, CA (CNO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1150 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Chino (CNO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 650 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  33.974722, -117.636389 (est)

Piper PA-28-140, N7595R: Accident occurred September 07, 2018 at Antique Aerodrome (9WS2), De Pere, Brown County, Wisconsin

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N7595R

Location: De Pere, WI
Accident Number: GAA18CA546
Date & Time: 09/07/2018, 0800 CDT
Registration: N7595R 
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that he initiated a takeoff roll on the 2,200-foot wet turf runway, and about 1,650-feet down the runway, the airplane encountered standing water and the airplane's airspeed decreased. He reported that he "still felt I had plenty of room to regain airspeed and takeoff safely."

The airplane encountered additional standing water on another section of the runway and the airplane's airspeed again decreased. The pilot retracted 2 notches of flaps and attempted to climb, but the airplane exited the departure end of the runway and collided with a cornfield. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/18/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1359.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1359.3 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7595R
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-22163
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/09/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3938.73 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-EZA
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGRB, 702 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 8°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 10°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: De Pere, WI (9WS2)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Iron Mountain, MI (IMT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0800 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Antique Aerodrome (9WS2)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 655 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Holes; Soft; Vegetation; Wet
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2200 ft / 65 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  44.367778, -88.158611 (est)

Boeing B75N1, N27WE: Accident occurred September 01, 2018 at Culpeper Regional Airport (KCJR), Virginia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dulles, Virginia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N27WE

Location: Culpeper, VA
Accident Number: GAA18CA550
Date & Time: 09/01/2018, 1200 EDT
Registration: N27WE
Aircraft: BOEING B75N1
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The pilot in the rear seat of the tailwheel-equipped bi-plane reported that he and another pilot were practicing landings on the asphalt runway. During the landing roll a left ground-loop ensued and the bottom right wing and aileron collided with the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial to the bottom right wing and aileron.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Sea; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/30/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/28/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 24007 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 8514 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 235 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 89 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/26/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/01/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1272 hours (Total, all aircraft), 400 hours (Total, this make and model), 1180 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BOEING
Registration: N27WE
Model/Series: B75N1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 75-6651
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2660 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R680-E3B
Registered Owner: Hangar 39 LLC
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Hangar 39 LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCJR, 316 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1615 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 21°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2300 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Culpeper, VA (VA30)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Culpeper, VA (CJR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1030 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Culpeper Rgnl (CJR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 315 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.525556, -77.859722 (est)

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N8172N: Accident occurred August 31, 2018 at Porterville Municipal Airport (KPTV), Tulare County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N8172N

Location: Porterville, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA579
Date & Time: 08/31/2018, 1110 PDT
Registration: N8172N
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that she initiated the landing flare and the airplane floated about 100 feet and landed normally. About 400 feet into the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right, exited the right side of the runway and collided with taxiway lights prior to coming to rest.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage intermediate bulkhead.

She reported that during landing the windsock indicated "no wind." However, after the accident she and her passenger witnessed dust devils close to the runway.

The airport's METAR reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was variable at 6 knots. The airplane landed on runway 30.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 76, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/25/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/09/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3455 hours (Total, all aircraft), 113 hours (Total, this make and model), 3455 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 29 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8172N
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 28-8090261
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/12/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7766 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Registered Owner:  San Diego Aircraft Holdings Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Plus One Flyers Club
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTV, 442 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 202°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: El Cajon, CA (SEE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Porterville, CA (PTV)
Type of Clearance:  VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0850 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Porterville Muni (PTV)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 443 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5960 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.029444, -119.062778 (est)

Cubcrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight, N71BN: Accident occurred August 31, 2018 near Fairfield County Airport (KLHQ), Lancaster, Ohio



The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

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Location: Lancaster, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA370
Date & Time: 08/31/2018, 1345 EDT
Registration: N71BN
Aircraft: CUBCRAFTERS CC11-160
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 31, 2018, about 1345 eastern daylight time, a Cubcrafters CC11-160 airplane, N71BN, sustained substantial damage to the left-wing strut when it nosed-over during a forced landing to a soybean field following a complete loss of engine power. The airplane was descending to land at the Fairfield County Airport (LHQ), near Lancaster, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from The Duchy Airport (5NC5), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, about 1045, and was destined for LHQ.

The pilot reported that while descending from cruise flight to traffic pattern altitude, the airplane's engine began to run rough. The pilot applied carburetor heat which made the roughness very bad and he turned the carburetor heat off. When he did this, the engine lost all power. The airplane's altitude was about 2,000 ft. msl (1,200 ft. agl), and the pilot performed an off-airport landing to a farm field. During the landing, the airplane nosed over in the waist-high vegetation. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane, and noted earlier use of carburetor heat at the beginning of the descent as an operator recommendation.

The weather conditions at LHQ about the time of the accident included a recorded temperature of 28° C and a dew point of 21° C. According to a carburetor icing probability chart, this was in the range of susceptibility for serious icing during descent power settings. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/24/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:   20948 hours (Total, all aircraft), 38 hours (Total, this make and model), 15406 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 109 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 42 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CUBCRAFTERS
Registration: N71BN
Model/Series: CC11-160
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: CC11-00107
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/20/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 36 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 943 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Cub Crafters
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: CC340
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LHQ, 868 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chapel Hill, NC (5NC5)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lancaster, OH (LHQ)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1045 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Fairfield County (LHQ)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 868 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.755556, -82.657222